So Many Tunes (alphabetical list of original tunes)

by John Goodin

The So Many Tunes blog is my attempt to document and make public some of the music that I've written over the years. Now that I've kept it going for a while I often find myself checking back through old entries to find a tune or to see if I have already recorded something. This alphabetical list attempts to make that process easier for me. It can also serve as a simpler way for someone to check out the tunes without reading the accompanying blog entries.

Because most of my playing the last few years has been for contra dances, barn dances and mostly waltz events, I have been writing lots of reels, hornpipes, jigs and waltzes. I'm very fortunate to have wonderful bands who will play these tunes. Erik Sessions, Patrice Pakiz, Pat O'Loughlin and myself perform as Contratopia and we have recorded many of my tunes on our four CDs. We also regularly play many more of my tunes, along with great tunes by Erik and Pat, at our dances around the country.

Here in Decorah I'm lucky that my friends in the excellent Western Home String Band use a bunch of my tunes at our local dances. From time to time I also hear from other musicians who are already playing one of my tunes or who are looking for the music to something on one of our CDs. The blog has been a handy way to answer some of those requests too.

Finally, the So Many Tunes blog has also served as an outlet for tunes and musical pieces that aren't intended for dancing, especially slower pieces. My hope is that you will enjoy playing these tunes and will forgive the demo quality of most of the mp3s.


1837 Turnpike Road (mp3) (pdf) : reel, October 23, 2008
Ain't Broke (followed by "Two Days to Maine") (mp3) (pdf) : reel, February 27, 2013
Ain't Over (mp3) (pdf) : reel, August 27, 2017
Alice's Garden (mp3) (pdf): Alice's Garden duo version (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, March, 2008 ; August 18, 2015
All Fall Down (mp3) (pdf) : reel, April, 2008
All She Wrote (mp3) (pdf) : reel, July 12, 2013
Antonina (youtube video) : classical mandolin, March 16, 2013
August 2, 2013 (mp3) (pdf) : reel, August 18, 2013
August 28, 2005 Duo (mp3) (pdf) : mandolin duo, May 29, 2014
Backbone (mp3) (pdf) : reel, March 4, 2007
Bagatelle for Solo Mandolin, no. 1 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, January 10, 2014
Bagatelle for Solo Mandolin, no. 2 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, January 26, 2014
Bagatelle for Solo Mandolin, no. 3 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, February 16, 2014
Bagatelle for Solo Mandolin, no. 5 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, August 9, 2014
Bear on the Beach (mp3) (pdf) : jig, March 5, 2017
The Beautiful Days (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, October 23, 2008
The Belle from the Bridge (mp3) (pdf) : jig, October 27, 2013
Big Tree Down (mp3) (pdf) (pdf harmony) : reel, January 15, 2017
Bighorn River Sunset (mp3) (pdf): Bighorn River Sunset duo version (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, October 13, 2012 ; January 29, 2017
Birthday Girls (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, July 23, 2017
Black Stream Crossing (mp3) (pdf) : jig, August 13, 2017
Board Eddy (mp3) (pdf) : hornpipe, July 16, 2017
Bob's Angels (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, April, 2008
Box Elder Stomp (live at Java John's) (mp3) (pdf) : other, July 31, 2016
Brush Pile Birds (mp3) (pdf) : reel, November 16, 2013
Bygones (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, December 30, 2015
The Cairo Sessions (mp3) (pdf) : reel, February 19, 2017
Cake on Fire (mp3) (pdf) : reel, November 23, 2013
Canny Crow (mp3) (pdf) : reel, November, 2008
Casselman by Rail (mp3) (pdf) : slow reel, mandolin duo, January 15, 2017
Clifty Falls (mp3) (pdf) : other, May 30, 2007
The Coast is Clear (mp3) (pdf) : hornpipe, March 21, 2007
The Company You Keep (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, August 31, 2007
Conway to Lincoln (mp3) (pdf) : reel, April 23, 2017
Coulda Been a Log (mp3) (pdf) : reel, January 19, 2013
Cracks in the Sidewalk (preceded by "Port William Hornpipe") (mp3) (pdf) : hornpipe, October 12, 2013
Crooked June (mp3) (pdf) : other, July 5, 2014
Cumberland Mission (mp3) (pdf) : march, February 22, 2012
December Jigs 2013 (mp3) (pdf-1) (pdf-2) : jigs, January 5, 2014
Deep Pockets (mp3) (pdf) : slow reel, February, 2010
Deer Track, August 2002 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, May 18, 2013
Deer Track, August 18, 2002 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, May 18, 2013
Deer Track, June 25, 2003 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, May 25, 2013
Deer Track, July 2, 2003 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, May 25, 2013
Deer Track, June 27, 2003 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, June 1, 2013
Deer Track, September 7, 2003 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, June 9, 2013
Deer Track, April 8, 2004 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, June 9, 2013
Deer Track, June 2, 2004 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, June 1, 2013
Deer Track, August 16, 2006 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, July 27, 2013
Deer Track, December 26, 2008 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, April 13, 2010 & March 22, 2011
Deer Track, January 29, 2009 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, January, 2010
Deer Track, February, 2009 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, February, 2010 & March 22, 2011
Deer Track, August 31, 2009 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, March 22, 2011
Deer Track, September 6, 2009 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, September 8, 2013
Deer Track, January 22, 2011 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, March 22, 2011
(Deer Tracks Suite no. 1 is a combination of January 22, 2011, December 26, 2008, February, 2009 & August 31, 2009 above, in that order)
Deer Track, May 8-9, 2012 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, August 17, 2014
Deer Track, March 10-11, 2013 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, March 23, 2013
Deer Track, May 25, 2013 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, August 3, 2014
Deer Track, May 30, 2013 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, December 8, 2013
Deer Track, June 5, 2013 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, April 6, 2014
Deer Track, June 8, 2013 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, August 31, 2014
Deer Track, June 12, 2013 (mp3) : classical mandolin, June 16, 2013
Deer Track, June 13-15, 2013 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, June 15, 2016
Deer Track, June 17, 2013 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, March 23, 2014
Deer Track, July 8, 2013 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, September 19, 2013
Deer Track, December 26, 2013 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, December 31, 2013
Deer Track, February 20, 2017 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, February 26, 2017
Deer Track, April, 2017 no. 1 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, April 9, 2017
Dodge the Plow (mp3) (pdf) : reel, August 6, 2011
Donaldson's Woods (mp3) (pdf) : jig, November 25, 2007
Dover South (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, September 3, 2017
Dunn Meadow (mp3) (pdf) : reel, August 9, 2007
Easter Jigs 2004 (mp3) (pdf score) (mandolin 1 pdf) (mandolin 2 pdf) : jigs, March 30, 2013
Easter Waltz (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, March 29, 2009
Easter Waltz (mandolin orchesta version) (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, November 14, 2010
Eight More Miles to India (mp3) (pdf) (pdf-tab) : reel, August 15, 2015
Ekin Avenue (mp3) (pdf) (harmony pdf) : hornpipe, January 14, 2007
Emory's Crossing (mp3) (pdf) : reel, November 24, 2012
Enchanted Forest (mp3) (pdf) : air, August 6, 2017
Family Valentine (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, February 7, 2014
Fifty-Three (mp3) (pdf) : reel, May, 2008
First Snow (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, March 11, 2007
Fourth and Walnut (see "Loaves and Fishes")
A Fresh Start (mp3) (pdf) : schottische, October 23, 2008
Friday Night Tailgate (mp3) (pdf) : reel, May, 2008
From Artist's Point (mp3) (pdf) : other, October 27, 2012
From the Balcony (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, February 12, 2017
G for Gordy (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, December 19, 2007
Gathering Echoes (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, February 5, 2017
Go Figure (mp3) (pdf) : reel, April 13, 2009
Goslings Afloat (mp3) (pdf): Goslings Afloat duo version (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, May, 2008 ; January 22, 2017
Graveyard Owl (mp3) (pdf) : reel, August 20, 2007
Green to Brown, All Over Town (mp3) (pdf) : march, December 14, 2015
Grey Sunny Sunday (mp3) (pdf, incl. harmony) : waltz, February 5, 2017
Groundhog Special (mp3) (pdf) : reel, February 2, 2013
Halfway Home (solo version) (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, March 10, 2016
Hamlet to High Point (mp3) (pdf) : other, April 3, 2007
Harvest Stomp (mp3) (pdf) : reel, October 28, 2007
Highlandville, May 14, 2004 (mp3) (pdf) : reel, May 7, 2007
Highlandville, May 14, 2004 (mandolin orchestra version) (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, November 14, 2010
Hold That Thought (mp3) (pdf) : reel, January, 2010
The Ice Wagon Cometh (mp3) (pdf) (pdf harmony) : schottische, April 13, 2014
If Only Now (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, July 2, 2017
Ingraham Gardens (mp3) (pdf) : air, December 6, 2015
January 22, 2005 (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, February 10, 2008
Jaunty Ted (mp3) (pdf) : jig, September 5, 2010
Jefferson Lives (mp3) (pdf) : reel, April 13, 2009
Jig, July 11, 2011 (mp3) (pdf) : jig, June 20, 2014
Jig, March 15, 2005 Duo (mp3) (mp3 slow) (pdf) : jig, July 10, 2014
July 23, 2004 (mp3) (pdf) : other, April 17, 2007
July 27, 2005 Duo (mp3) (pdf) : mandolin duo, June 29, 2014
King's Landing (mp3) (pdf) : air, April 2, 2010
The Kitchen Waltz (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, January 28, 2012
Knee High in December (mp3) (pdf) : jig, November 25, 2007
Last Call at Hawley-Cooke (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, March, 2008
Late Breakfast (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, April 6, 2013
Lawn Chair Night (mp3) (pdf) : reel, January, 2010
Lazy Susan (mp3) (pdf) : jazz ballad, December 1, 2012
Leadfoot (mp3) (pdf) : reel, April 13, 2009
The Least Resistance (mp3) (pdf) : jig, November 25, 2007
Lemon Water (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, December 19, 2012
Lily's Stars (mp3) (pdf) (pdf-tab) : waltz, August 8, 2015
Loaves and Fishes (with Too Many Goats & Fourth and Walnut) (pdf, no mp3) : reels, September 2, 2015
Lost Summer (mp3) (pdf) : air, August 31, 2013
The Madison Road (mp3: see "Two Lieutenants" for medley) (pdf) : reel, January 31, 2007
Maple Syrup Cow (mp3) (pdf) : reel, September 2, 2016
March 12, 2005 (mp3) (pdf) : slow reel, February 10 2008
March in January (mp3) (pdf) (pdf harmony) : march, January 22, 2017
May 3, 2005 Duo (mp3) (pdf) : mandolin duo, May 25, 2014
May 30, 2007 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, February 10, 2008
May Day Green (mp3) (pdf) : reel, May 7, 2017
May Frost (mp3) (pdf) : reel, May 15, 2010
Midsummer Walk (mp3) (pdf) : slow reel, June 25, 2017
Mother's Day (mp3-live version) (pdf) : waltz, May 11, 2014
Needle in the Sawdust (mp3) (pdf) : reel, January 1, 2007
New Blanket (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, January 8, 2007
The New Henrietta (mp3) (pdf) : reel, February 17, 2013
The Night Train Waltz (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, June 30, 2013
No Argument at All (mp3) (pdf) : reel, April 30, 2017
A Northern Exposure (mp3) (pdf) (harmony pdf) : schottische, July 19, 2011
Not an Option (mp3) (pdf) : jig, November 10, 2012
November Duo, 2005 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, February 7, 2011
November 25, 2005 (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, mandolin duo, June 7, 2014
Off to Minnesota (mp3) (pdf) : schottische, June, 2008
Off to Minnesota (mandolin orchestra version) (mp3) (pdf score) : classical mandolin, April 21, 2013
Old Annapolis (mp3) (pdf) : reel, April 2, 2017
The Old Basement Piano (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, July 29, 2011
Old Books in Motion (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, February, 2010
Old Clarksville (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, September 21, 2007
The Old Gibson Waltz (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, May 20, 2017
The Old White House (mp3) (pdf) (pdf2014revision): reel, March 9, 2013
One Hundred Year Flood (mp3) (pdf) : reel, March, 2008
The Oneota Stomp (mp3) (pdf) : reel, February 24, 2013
Open Church (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, August 9, 2007
Our Own Way (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, June, 2008
Palisades (see "Tight Squeeze")
Palmer's House (mp3) (pdf) : reel, September 26, 2010
Paws Down (mp3) (pdf) : jig, March 20, 2017
Pilsen Jig (mp3) (pdf) : jig, May 14, 2017
Pine Bluffs (mp3) (pdf) : reel or polka, June 4, 2017
Pocket Change (mp3) (pdf) : slip jig, December, 2008
Port William Hornpipe (followed by "Cracks in the Sidewalk") (mp3) (pdf) : hornpipe, October 12, 2013
Postcards From the Crater (nos. 1-10)
1. Twin Bridges (pt.1 mp3) (pt.2 mp3) (pt.3 mp3) : classical mandolin, October 17, 2016
2. Butterfly Prairie (pt.1 mp3) (pt.2 mp3) (pt.3 mp3) : classical mandolin, October 17, 2016
3. Phelps Park Bandshell (pt.1 mp3) (pt.2 mp3) (pt.3 mp3) : classical mandolin, October 20, 2016
4. Twin Springs Meadow (pt.1 mp3) (pt.2 mp3) (pt.3 mp3) : classical mandolin, October 20, 2016
5. Pines West (pt.1 mp3) (pt.2 mp3) (pt.3 mp3) : classical mandolin, October 26, 2016
6. Ice Cave Road (pt.1 mp3) (pt.2 mp3) (pt.3 mp3) : classical mandolin, October 2, 2016
7. Lower Palisades (pt.1 mp3) (pt.2 mp3) (pt.3 mp3) : classical mandolin, October 26, 2016
8. The Mighty Oak (pt.1 mp3) (pt.2 mp3) (pt.3 mp3) : classical mandolin, October 2, 2016
9. Dunning's Spring Falls (pt.1 mp3) (pt.2 mp3) (pt.3 mp3) : classical mandolin, October 30, 2016
10. Dug Road (pt.1 mp3) (pt.2 mp3) (pt.3 mp3) : classical mandolin, October 30, 2016
Propsland (mp3) (pdf) : reel, September 10, 2017
Quarry Hill Road (mp3) (pdf) : reel, June, 2008
Queen City Passenger (mp3) (pdf) : reel, July 30, 2017
Raccoon in the Bird Feeder (mp3) (pdf) : reel, June 27, 2007
Rainy Island Sunday mp3 pdf : reel, February 11, 2012
Return to Dream Acres (mp3) (pdf) : jig, November 3, 2012
Riff City (pdf only) : reel, July 2, 2012
Rocks in the Sun (mp3) (pdf) : reel, January 22, 2007
Rockville Blues (mp3) (pdf) : other, March 9, 2014
Rollin' Through the Gap (mp3) (pdf) : reel, June 22, 2013
Sand Island (mp3) (pdf) : reel, April, 2008
Sand Island (1984) (mp3) (pdf) : reel, June 16, 2014
Sebec Fair (mp3) (pdf) : reel, February 12, 2007
Seed Savers Waltz (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, March, 2010
September Last (mp3) (pdf) : air, January 13, 2013
Share the Road (mp3) (pdf) : reel, November, 2008
Shelter Dogs (mp3) (pdf) : reel, January 1, 2007
Shenandoah Bound (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, November 17, 2012
Shepherd's Purse (mp3) (pdf) : reel, January, 2010
Sherwood & Brooks (mp3) (pdf) : jig, March 12, 2017
Singing in a Dark Place (mp3, performed by Dames' Rocket) (score and parts on request) : recorder quartet music, December 29, 2013
Six Duettinos, Summer 2006, no. 1 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, December 24, 2012
Six Duettinos, Summer 2006, no. 2 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, October 13, 2010
Six Duettinos, Summer 2006, no. 3 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, January 5, 2013
Six Duettinos, Summer 2006, no. 4 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, February 9, 2013
Six Duettinos, Summer 2006, no. 5 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, April 27, 2013
Six Duettinos, Summer 2006, no. 6 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, August 4, 2013
Sledding at Walnut Ridge (mp3: see "Two Lieutenants" for medley) (pdf) : reel, January 31, 2007
Smalltown Downtown (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, February 12, 2007
Smitten (youtube performance w/Mark Davis on guitar) (pdf lead sheet) : waltz, November 10, 2013
Snow Crow Shadow (mp3) (pdf) : reel, January 18, 2014
Snow Drifter (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, December, 2008
Snow to Come (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, December 29, 2012
The Sock Thief (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, November 30, 2013
Something about a Queen (mp3) (pdf) : other, February, 2010
Sometimes (the bear eats you) (mp3) (pdf, incl. harmony) : hornpipe, January 29, 2017
Sonata in L(ou) (Andante mp3) (Grave mp3) (Allegretto mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, December 8, 2012
Spring Forward (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, March, 2008
Spring Street Hornpipe (mp3) (pdf) : hornpipe, July 19, 2014
St. Anthony and the Fishes (mp3) (pdf) (duo pdf) : reel, July, 2008 & July 8, 2012
St. Francis and the Birds (mp3) (pdf) (duo pdf) : reel, October 13, 2007 & July 15, 2012
Starbird Siding (mp3) (pdf) : jig, August 20, 2017
Stonehead (mp3) (pdf) : other, May 30, 2007
Suit Yourself (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, April 18, 2014
Summer Kitchen Waffle Time (mp3) (pdf) : reel, September 2, 2016
Summer's End, 2005 (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, March 21, 2012
Suzie's Landing (mp3) (pdf) : other, July 21, 2013
Swarbrick Sends a Tune to Iowa (mp3) (pdf) : hornpipe, August 9, 2016
Ten Easy Duos - No. 1 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, May 28, 2017
Ten Easy Duos - No. 2 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, June 18, 2017
Ten Easy Duos - No. 3 (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, July 9, 2017
Tight Squeeze (with Tolley's Jig No. 3 and Palisades) (mp3) (pdf) : jigs, February 6, 2016
Tolley's Jig No. 1 (mp3) (pdf) : jig, September 23, 2015
Tolley's Jig No. 2 (mp3) (pdf) (pdf harmony) : jig, November 29, 2015
Tolley's Jig No. 3 (see "Tight Squeeze")
Tolley's Jig No. 4 (mp3) (pdf) : jig, March 26, 2017
Tolley's Jig No. 5 (mp3) (pdf) : jig, April 16, 2017
Tolley's Jig No. 6 (mp3) (pdf) : jig, June 11, 2017
Too Many Goats (see "Loaves and Fishes")
Trailer in the High Grass (mp3) (pdf) : reel, August 13, 2011
Two Days to Maine (preceded by "Ain't Broke") (mp3) (pdf) : reel, February 27, 2013
Two Red Hawks (mp3) (pdf) : reel, February 26, 2017
Two Lieutenants/Sledding at Walnut Ridge/The Madison Road (mp3 medley) (pdf) : reel, January 31, 2007
Under the Snow (mp3) (pdf) : jig, February 23, 2014
Waitin' On the Julia Belle (mp3) (pdf) : reel, December, 2008
Waiting in the Wood (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, July 5, 2013
Waiting (On a Train) (mp3: see "Cake On Fire" for medley) (mp3) (pdf) : reel, November 23, 2013
Walk on Dry Leaves (mp3) (pdf) : slow reel, October 20, 2012
Walk on Dry Leaves (November 2013 version) (mp3: see "Cake On Fire" for medley) (mp3) (pdf) : reel, November 23, 2013
Walnut Dog (mp3) (pdf) : reel, September 15, 2013
Waltz for the New Year, 2017 (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, January 8, 2017
Waterloo Polka (mp3) (pdf) : polka, July 12, 2011
The Wedding Broom (mp3) (pdf) : air, February 18, 2007
Wedding March Set (mp3) (pdf scores and parts) : classical mandolin, July 6 2007
We're Heading South (mp3) : waltz, January 26, 2013
Whalen Cabin Waltz (mp3) : waltz, November 8, 2015
Why Not Here, Why Not Now (mp3) (pdf) : reel, November, 2008
Wild Blueberry Pancakes (mp3) (pdf) : reel, January 7, 2016
Winter Leaves (mp3) (pdf) : other, January 8, 2007
Wintergreen Waltz (mp3) (pdf) : waltz, January, 2010
Wintry Mix (mp3) (pdf) : jig, April 14, 2013
Woodhaven (duo version) (mp3) (pdf) : Woodhaven (solo version, live at Java John's) (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, July, 2008 ; July 22, 2016
Wyandotte Woods (mp3) (pdf) : classical mandolin, August 25, 2013
Yazoo Ramble (mp3) (pdf) : reel, March 4, 2012

As you can see below both these recordings and the sheet music they are based on are presented here under a Creative Commons License. My intention is to make it clear that you can use the written music and mp3 files for any non-commercial purpose as long as proper attribution is given. I would, of course, love to hear from anyone who performs any of this music. If you have any questions or comments please mail them to me at john.goodin at gmail.com. I'm not linking my email address here in the hopes that it will deter at least some spam.

John Goodin, August 2008

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